Sheffield Pizza Hut delivery drivers catching yobs on camera after spate of attacks

Pictured L-R: Sgt John Mallows, a delivery driver wearing one of the head cams and Louisa Wood from Pizza Hut.
Pictured L-R: Sgt John Mallows, a delivery driver wearing one of the head cams and Louisa Wood from Pizza Hut.

Say cheese (and tomato) - Sheffield yobs have been warned they are being caught on camera after a series of attacks on takeaway drivers.

Pizza Hut delivery drivers serving the Abbeydale Road area have been provided with new head cams as part of a partnership with South Yorkshire Police.

The introduction of the cameras follows repeated attacks on delivery drivers, with one having a brick thrown at him and another being pulled off his bike.

Police in Woodseats say there have been around 25 incidents of anti-social behaviour towards delivery drivers reported in the area in the last 12 months.

As part of a three-month trial of the store delivering alcohol, Pizza Hut provided its drivers with head cams at the request of police.

Within three days of the trial starting, a teenager was arrested in connection with an incident involving a driver.

The 15-year-old boy has been charged with a number of offences including common assault, and causing a danger to other road users.

Sergeant John Mallows, from the South West Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “This is an excellent example of South Yorkshire Police working with an international brand to solve ongoing issues in the area.

“We are carrying out a number of initiatives to help prevent nuisance behaviour in the Abbeydale Road area, which are having a positive effect.

“By taking this unique approach we are helping to keep the delivery drivers safe and bringing those responsible for antisocial behaviour to justice.”

Louisa Wood, restaurant general manager for Pizza Hut on Abbeydale Road, added: “The safety of our staff is our highest priority.

“Our drivers are committed to delivering to the community in which they live and work. Working alongside the police we hope the headcams will have a positive impact on not only our drivers safety but also making positive steps towards reducing the incidents of antisocial behaviour in our community.”

It comes after police said they were considering the introduction of new legislation created last year to tackle antisocial behaviour.

A section of Abbeydale Road could be included as part of a zone around the Nether Edge area in which it would be a criminal offence to congregate in groups of two or more people ‘in a manner likely to contribute to members of the public being harassed, alarmed or distressed’.